Fierce fighting continues in Iraq as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, seize more towns in the war-torn nation.
A humanitarian crisis is brewing with around 800,000 Iraqis fleeing the town of Mosul after it fell to the Sunni militants.
ISIS have secured the border crossings into Syria and Jordan as it continues to seize more towns giving them control over much of Iraq’s western frontier. The latest ISIS offensive comes as Iraq’s polarized political blocks face a week of intense lobbying to form an inclusive government that could unite the fracturing country. The United States Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki who has agreed to a July 1st deadline to form a new government. Kerry says it was a requirement for US assistance in fighting the ISIS. Tony Cheng reports from Erbil on the latest.
Is Iraq on the brink of a civil war?Tony Cheng reports from Erbil with the latest on the Iraq crisis.
Weeks of fierce fighting has lead Iraq on a brink of a civil war.
Is the international community doing enough to end the bloodshed? What will be the political fallout on US President Barack Obama if the situation deteriorates?
To discuss all that and more, Anand Naidoo is joined by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Crisis in IraqDaveed Gartenstein-Ross, a Professor at Georgetown University, sits down with Anand Naidoo to discuss the continuing crisis in Iraq.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Middle Eastern leaders that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is a “threat not only to Iraq but to the entire region”.
So what does this crisis mean for Iraq’s neighbor Iran? Will the US and Iran form an alliance to combat ISIS?
To discuss, Anand Naidoo is joined by Raed Jarrar, a policy impact coordinator at the American Friends Service Committee. Reza Marashi, a Research Director for the National Iranian American Council, and Erik Gustafson, an Executive Director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center.